Belting out the bad costumes!

This week for your mocking pleasure I present to you Citizen V.

CitizenV

 

I have never heard of this character before and  only came across him while reseaching this weeks Bad costume. That being said I honestly can’t tell you anything about him except what you can see with your own eyes. So now lets start the critique with his Shoulder pads. While I have no objection to a stars and stripes theme for a character I do not think it is being pulled off here as well as it could be. I think my main objection to them is the fact that the  Stars and the white stripes are raised from the rest of the shoulder pads which just looks odd to me.

 

Next is his mask. I am not sure what about it bothers me so much as I have seen other similarly designed masks that have worked well, but something about it here is just off putting. And lastly, we have in the past pointed out the overuse of belts and straps in costumes but this fellow must have gotten a great discount on a mass purchase of belts!! Not only does he have his belt wrapped 6 or 7 times about his waist, he also has his feet and forearms completely wrapped in them as well.

 

All in all I think the character design had some potential but it failed to deliver upon it in the end!!

 

Those are my thoughts on Citizen V, I’d be interested in hearing yours! Leave a comment below tell me what you think of this costume. Is it as bad as I think or am I way off on this one ?

11 Responses to Belting out the bad costumes!

  1. I think that’s one of the female Citizen V’s. It’s slim, more like the generic comic book female body, and with just a bit of breasts showing due to the massive shoulder pads. The male body almost always runs broader and more heavily muscled.

    Am I wrong? It’s bugging me now.

    And yeah, shoulder pads bigger than you head are a bit much. If it was a woman who adapted a man’s outfit it might make slightly more sense.

  2. Um–This reminds me of someone (I won’t say who,) so I think I know what’s off-putting. The mask is shaped in such a way that it looks like the head itself is v-shaped.

  3. Sorry, cavalier, I’m pretty sure you’re wrong! The person wearing that costume is none other than… Baron Helmut Zemo! Leader of the Thunderbolts, a team of Supervillains who ‘re-branded’ themselves as Heroes when all of Earth’s non-mutant Heroes disappeared to Earth Liefeld! {Not only couldn’t I make this stuff up if I tried, I wouldn’t try!}

  4. Nick Hentschel

    The Thunderbolts were actually a pretty clever concept, but no, the costume isn’t aesthetically outstanding. To be honest, even the name is a little vague & uninspiring, so I’d say that the entire idea of the character is poorly worked-out. The costume is just the symptom of a deeper problem.

  5. WillyPete:
    Sorry, cavalier, I’m pretty sure you’re wrong! The person wearing that costume is none other than… Baron Helmut Zemo! Leader of the Thunderbolts, a team of Supervillains who ‘re-branded’ themselves as Heroes when all of Earth’s non-mutant Heroes disappeared to Earth Liefeld! {Not only couldn’t I make this stuff up if I tried, I wouldn’t try!}

    you are both right. later in the series there was a female citizen v

  6. I’m not sure I would call this one bad, mostly because I could easily imagine this same costume and character receiving applause if it had been created in HM instead by some of the more skilled machinists out there. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe there’s a bit of hypocrisy in our little community. But that’s just my two cents.

  7. Most of my issues with this costume has already been adressed by our esteemed pannel of super-fashion critics. Only thing that I still see as an issue is his crotch panties look like a butt. Seriously either this is the female Z and she has the WORST cameltoe I have EVER seen in a comic, or someone should tell Zemo his pants are on backwards

  8. I don’t think there’s anything particularly outstanding about this costume. Apart from the shoulder pads, it’s rather generic, and the large pirate sword doesn’t really mesh with the rest of the costume.

    Also,that mask is just weird. It seems to have a face drawn on, and it’s just off-putting.

  9. Maybe there is a contest brewing here. Pick really bad costumes from the Public Domain heroes and have machiners re-imagine them. Just a thought.

  10. This is a bad costume for 1 reason… I don’t care about it!
    A good costume, or a normal bad costume makes you FEEL something about it!

  11. cavalier:
    I think that’s one of the female Citizen V’s.It’s slim, more like the generic comic book female body, and with just a bit of breasts showing due to the massive shoulder pads.The male body almost always runs broader and more heavily muscled.

    Am I wrong?It’s bugging me now.

    And yeah, shoulder pads bigger than you head are a bit much.If it was a woman who adapted a man’s outfit it might make slightly more sense.

    Yeah, you’re right, this is Dallas Riordan aka the female Citizen V. Zemo’s version was purple, not blue.
    Sorry Kaldath, I gotta say this one’s not a bad one. Yeah, the shoulder pads are bit much, but I like everything else about this costume.